Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without avail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an unavailing manner; without successful results.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From unavailing +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • As they looked his head beat the ground again unavailingly, and at the piteous sight a dry sob broke from Norah, and she went on her knees by him.

    Mates at Billabong

  • Corliss asked, unavailingly, for the fourth time after he had got into his cabin.

    CHAPTER 11

  • So England watches trade slipping through her fingers and wails unavailingly.

    WANTED: A NEW LAW OF DEVELOPMENT

  • And there is fine work from Ian McElhinney, strangely resembling Bergman himself, as Karin's semi-detached father; from Justin Salinger, as her unavailingly devoted husband; and from Dimitri Leonidas as her sexually tormented brother.

    Through a Glass Darkly

  • I knew the door was unbolted; though it was fitted with brackets for a bolt, I had searched unavailingly for the bolt itself before retiring.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • For the next four hours, he sat there unavailingly, emanating gloom and rage.

    More than political paranoia

  • Clennam tried to do honour to the meal, but unavailingly.

    Little Dorrit

  • There had once been a water – mill beneath; the tide foaming and chafing round the few rotten stakes, and fragments of machinery that yet remained, seemed to dart onward, with a new impulse, when freed from the obstacles which had unavailingly attempted to stem its headlong course.

    Oliver Twist

  • Some indeed had attempted quite unavailingly to convince her that Rome was not nearly such a desirable place as it was reported to be, and others had gone so far as to suggest behind her back that she was dreadfully “stuck up” about “that Rome of hers.”

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Thus the unhappy pair unavailingly recriminated, till my cousin

    Clarissa Harlowe

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.